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Contact & Location

Moscow

Department of Theatre Arts

Physical Address:
Corner of 6th and Rayburn
Shoup Hall - 2nd Floor
PHONE: (208) 885-6465
FAX: (208) 885-2558
E-MAIL: theatre@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Theatre Arts Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2008
Moscow, ID 83844-2008

Kelly Quinnett

Kelly Quinnett


Office: Shoup 219
Phone: (208) 885-5017
Email: kellyq@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Theatre Arts Department - University of Idaho
P.O. Box 442008
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2008

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of Theatre Arts
Professor of Performance
Head of Acting

Home Town: Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1998


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Acting Master Class with Slava Dolgachev from Actor’s Center
    • Acting Master Class with Kari Margolis
    • Acting Methodologies of Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Michael Chekhov with particular focus on Objectives and Atmospheres
  • Biography
    Kelly Eviston Quinnett is an Associate Professor at the University of Idaho teaching acting since 1998. She attended Northern Kentucky University where she received a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, then went on to earn a M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Idaho. She has performed regionally at Flat Rock Playhouse, New York Theatre Lab, Coeur D’Alene Summer Theatre and Mill Mountain Theatre.

    In 1990, Kelly won the National Irene Ryan Acting Competition presented by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, which led to her being placed under a development contract with ABC. Kelly also won the regional Irene Ryan in 1995.

    Kelly appeared on All My Children as Maria Monterey (1990, 1991) and on One Life To Live as Blaine Adams (1991). Her films include: The Absent with Sam Ball; Home of the Brave, directed by Irwin Winkler (with Samuel L. Jackson, 2006); Mozart and the Whale (with Josh Hartnett, 2005); The Basket (with Peter Coyote, 1998); Mr. Write (with Paul Reiser and Martin Mull, 1994); Brothers and Sisters (with Franco Nero, 1991); and Frank (with John Gries, 2006). She has performed most recently in Bus Stop (with Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon), directed by Scott Allen Smith at Interplayers Theatre; The Lake (with Rob Estes) by writer/colleague Rob Caisley; and Same Time Next Year (with Rob Estes). Kelly has also performed in the musicals, The Full Monty, Oklahoma, Annie, and The King and I with Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre and Grace and Glorie for Idaho Repertory Theatre in summer 2006.

    In April 2009, Kelly was honored at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival as a National Faculty Fellow and performed in the New Plays Festival Readings.
  • Selected Publications
  • Research Projects

              SCHOLARSHIP PROJECTS/CREATIVE ACTIVITIES:

      • Respondent - Irene Ryan Acting Competition, Quarter-Finals, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region VII: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009
      • Coach - Erica Curnutte, Regional Winner - Irene Ryan Acting Competition, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region VII, 2004. Coach - Katie Carey - Irene Ryan Acting Competition, KCACTF, Region VII, 2001. Coach - Nancy Lee-Painter, Irene Ryan Acting Competition, KCACTF, Region VII, 1999.
      • “The Art of Stage Kissing” Workshop, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region VII: 2004, 2005, 2007
      • “The Art of Stage Kissing” Presentation - Interdisciplinary College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences Colloquium
      • “The Business of Acting” Guest Lecture - Washington State University, Department of Theatre. Team taught with Professor Robert Caisley, Spring 2004


            Professional Theatre: 

      • 2009, High School Musical One Act, Director, Idaho Repertory Theatre
      • 2008, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Director, Idaho Repertory Theatre 
      • 2007, The Rainmaker as Lizzie, Producer, Interplayers and Lake City Playhouse
      • 2007, Full Monty as Pam, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre
      • 2006, The Rainmaker as Lizzie, Interplayers Theatre, Producer – Ellen Travolta
      • 2005 Grace and Glorie as Glorie, Idaho Repertory Theatre
      • 2004, Same Time Next Year as Doris, Idaho Repertory Theatre (with guest artist, Rob Estes)

            Film and Television:

      • 2009, The Snakes of Justice as Lisa (television spec pilot), Blake Facente and Jonathan Rau – Snakes of Justice, LLC.
      • 2008, The Absent as Marge Jackson (film), Last Night Productions (with Sam Ball, Yvonne Zima and Vanessa Zima)
      • 2005, Home of the Brave as Jane Pooks (film), Directed by Irwin Winkler and starring Samuel L. Jackson
      • 2004, Mozart and the Whale as Dr. Jennifer Trask (film), Robert Lawrence Productions (Directed by Peder Naess and starring Josh Hartnett)
      • Outreach Projects
        • Director, Idaho Repertory Theatre’s production of High School Musical One Act. Provided professional training and performance experience to 16 area high school students. Summer 2009
        • Host/Mentor, Job Shadow Day - Moscow Junior High School, Spring 1998-Present
        • Coordinator, Summer Fine Arts Camp, 2001-Present
        • Artist in Residence, McDonald Elementary School, 2006
        • Proof as Catherine, Moscow Community Theatre, 2004
        • Departmental Representative, University of Idaho Vandal Vision, 2004
        • “Trust and Connection” Workshop Presenter/Departmental Representative. Borah High School and West Junior High School, Boise, 2004
        • Creator/Coordinator, Freshman Theatre Weekend, Department of Theatre & Film, Spring 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

        MEMBERSHIPS 

        • Member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Date of Initiation: 1992
        • Member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Date of Initiation: 1990
        • Member of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Date of Initiation: 1990
        • Member of Society of American Fight Directors, Date of Initiation: 1990
        • Stage Combatant certification in: Rapier & Dagger, Quarterstaff, Hand to Hand
        • Awards and Honors
          • Faculty Fellow, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, 2009
          • Spokane Spokesman - Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s Camelot voted best regional theatre production, 2001
          • Northwest Inlander - Best Actress Nomination for The Rainmaker, Michael Bowen
          • Jackie Award for Outstanding Feature Performance in Dracula: The Untold Story - Cincinnati Inquirer, 2003
          • Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of America - Inland Empire Council, 2000
          • Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award, Presented by Inter-Fraternity and Panhellenic Councils, 1999
          • Member of University of Idaho cast of Top Girls, National Finalist, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Washington D.C., 1996
          • Regional Winner, Irene Ryan Acting Competition - Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region VII, 1995
          • Voted Outstanding Senior - Northern Kentucky University, 1990
          • National Winner, Irene Ryan Acting Competition - Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region II, 1990
          • Regional Winner, Irene Ryan Acting Competition - Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region II, 1990
          • Travel Grant Recipient to attend Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region VII, Bellingham, Washington, 2002

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        “All I am is a fly on Abigail’s windshield of life.” (Kelly’s middle daughter, Chloe, speaking of her older sister, Abigail.)

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